I was reading the words of the sister of the man murdered in west Belfast who has called for the community to come together against what she called "an evil in our society".Frank McGreevy died after being beaten up to 60 times in his home in Ross Street at the weekend.She says..
"It was absolutely horrendous, you never thought it would come to your door. It has come to our door and it will come to somebody else’s door until the community joins together and gets rid of it because they are an evil in our society."
To lose a member of your family is traumatic, but under these circumstances, it is indeed horrendous.
The broad point from my perspective is just how hopeless the rule of law has become as a result of this peace process. All of us deserve protection from the scum that carried this out, regardless of who we are. However I thought the comments of IRA/Sinn Fein Councillor Tom Hartley disingenous when he complains about the failure of the PSNI response to this crime. The fact is that IRA murdered and maimed and ensured the collapse of law and order in these areas, so for THEM to now turn round and act the innocent does not impress. We have the most politically correct inexperienced immature police service in the UK, whose commitment to the transgendered community may be beyond reproach but whose ability to enforce the law fairly and effectively is indeed questionable.
I also would point out that as a Christian, I do believe that man is a fallen creature, capable of great good but also of great evil. The sheer barbarity of this murder demonstrates to me how vital it is that we turn to our Maker and pray that our own hearts are not turned to stone and overcome with evil. Make no mistake, evil is a real thing, it stalks this earth and is evident in the murder of Mr McGreevy.
Following the media firestorm ignited by the comments of Obama’s long standing spiritual guru, the Reverend "God damn America" Wright, the Senator has been forced into make further statements on his relationship with this raving bigot. Obama has desperately tried to dampen this down but has so far only succeeded in raising more questions. However the BBC drools over his speech with such comments as "It was a broad – some would say brave – point" and "it may have been too nuanced". Best of all is the pay-off line "The Illinois senator is often accused of avoiding tough decisions; of skipping important votes. On this occasion, though, he did the presidential thing." Pass the sick bucket!
Obama has been forced into making these dissembling explanations. The idea that it is "Presidential" to damn America’s past may fit in with the endemic anti-Americanism motif that runs through the BBC, but were this a Republican candidate, does anyone think the BBC would be quite so charitable, quite so effusive in its desire to understand,? I don’t think so for a moment. The BBC is infatuated with the idea of a black left wing American President, and THAT is why it provides such gushing coverage of Obama’s shame.
The institution of marriage is central to the well-being of any society. In recent decades, this institution has been serially undermined by liberal politicians pandering to the gay lobby together with many people turning their backs on their faith. The established Churches have also been culpable in this regard. However there are consequences, there are always consequences. Today I read….
"The decline of marriage is leading to widespread underachievement and indiscipline in schools, teachers warned yesterday. Children with "chaotic" home lives turn up at school too troubled to learn, wrecking their prospects of success in exams, they said. Growing numbers are being brought up in splintered families by mothers with children by different fathers, leading to behaviour and mental health problems including eating disorders and suicidal thoughts, a teachers’ conference heard.
They are more likely to lead "dysfunctional" lives themselves, creating a "toxic circle" that no amount of investment or initiatives directed at schools can reverse. Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers demanded a proper recognition of the impact of family breakdown on education and called on ministers to do more to promote marriage.
Amen to all of that. We have an increasingly dysfunctional society because the fundamental building block – the traditional family unit – has been seriously undermined and damaged. That damage has been caused by the relentless decline of the institution of marriage and the consequences of this are as apparent in the class-room as on our high streets. As marriage unravels further, we will face greater problems as generations of children are denied that which once we all took for granted, namely a stable loving home with a Mum and Dad to act as role models, as teachers of right and wrong. Liberals may dance in delight at the raising up of gay marriage and the concomitant diminution of traditional marriage, and legislators may ensure that traditional marriage no longer enjoys any special status, but in the faux quest for "equality" all they deliver is misery for the children.
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Senator Obama gave a speech today in an effort to extricate himself from the growing story of his pastor’s strange words and to set forth a position on race relations in the U.S. In my opinion, he made matters worse.
First, allow me to point out that he distanced himself from some of the pastor’s statements without specifically stating which ones or offering substantive criticisms. Second, he threw his 84 year old maternal widowed grandmother under the bus when he said he could no more abandon the pastor than he could the black community or his grandmother who he said on more than one occassion used racial or ethnic sterotypes. Third, his wife’s odd comments about the U.S. and race, which I originally thought were merely stupid off the cuff remarks, now must be seen in a different light.
Obama seems to be implying that Rev. Wright’s comments should be understood the the context of a black church. Well, I don’t buy it, but that will probably be the way he trys to spin it (the rhetoric wasn’t really hateful and merely custom – y’all wouldn’t understand cause you ain’t from da hood). What I really see is a candidate in Obama who recognized the benefit of an ally in a politically influential black church and is now recognizing the drawbacks.
Poor White Grandma. It appears she helped raise him and fund his schooling, and this despite the fact that he was the product of a racially mixed couple (which would not have been the norm in her day and to me a sign that she is getting a bum deal here). Up to now, the campaign has kept her out of the press. Good luck now Grandma, your grandson has just told the world of your failings. She’ll have media camped outside her apartment for weeks shouting "Grandma how long have you been a racist?" Any decent grandson would recognize that people of her generation did not share our present day sense of what is proper and improper in discussing racial matters, and could have found a better comparisons to discuss the topic.
Senator Obama was married by Wright, his kids were baptised by him, and he got the title of his book The Audacity of Hope from one of Wright’s sermons. It is all well and true that polticians from all parties have consorted with dubious preachers of various faiths, as the clergy is no more free of rogues than any other profession and at times seems to have more than its share. But this preacher is a personal mentor and if Obama can’t condemn specific outrageous statements, and only offer vague platitutdes, then he doesn’t know Wright from wrong.
I entirely agree with Melanie Phillips in her latest article in which she hits three birds with the one stone…
"Karen Matthews, mother of the missing schoolgirl Shannon who thankfully was discovered alive and well a few days ago, referred to her daughter and one of her other six children as "twins". These children are actually aged nine and ten. But Ms Matthews says they are twins because she thinks that’s what you call children who have the same father. With seven children by five different men, she seems to have no idea of what having the same father actually means."
There "is the "unconventional" lifestyle of Fiona MacKeown, mother of the 15-year-old girl murdered in Goa, who produced nine children by five different fathers. Ms MacKeown, meanwhile, has subjected her children to the anarchy of a hippy lifestyle. Herself a cannabis smoker, her eldest son has a serious drug habit and mental health problems; while her murdered daughter Scarlett’s diary has revealed a confused and distressed child who was regularly stoned on drugs and got "stressy" if she went two days without sex. "
And finally, the REAL bullseye…
This " is an underclass which affluent, complacent, materialistic Britain has created. An underclass composed of whole communities where committed fathers are so rare that any child who actually has one risks being bullied. Where sex is reduced to an animal activity devoid of love or human dignity, and boys impregnate two, three, four girls with scarcely a second thought. Where successive generations of women have never known what it is to be loved and cherished by both their parents throughout their childhood.
How can such women know how to parent their own children?
These children are simply abandoned in a twilight world where the words "family" or "relatives" lose all meaning, as the transient men passing through their mothers’ lives leave them with an ever-lengthening trail of "step-fathers" or "uncles" who have no biological connection with them whatsoever. "
Well then, I’m guessing that more than a few will be awakening today with a bit of a sore head following the "drowning the shamrock" in celebration on St Patrick’s Day! Now then, let’s choose this moment to focus on the judgement of the man who has won international plaudits over the past year for choosing to go into a power-sharing government with IRA/Sinn Fein – Dr Ian Paisley.
Speaking of St Patrick some years ago, the good Doctor said;
"The Roman Catholics believe he was a Roman Catholic. I know he was a Protestant. So I think we should have St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday."
At the time, Dr Paisley failed to explain how, as historians estimate, St Patrick came to Ireland in about 500 AD, some thousand years before the Protestant Reformation.
Dr Paisley also insists that the DUP has been true to its electorate and that it has smashed the IRA.
At this time. Dr Paisley has failed to explain how – but the political establishement smiles and applauds him.
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